Playgroup Volunteer in the UK Midlands
Work with our Neighbours Worldwide team to provide a secure and welcoming children's playgroup in a suburb of Birmingham with a large population of Asian families.
Build friendly relationships with children and their mothers one or two mornings a week, share the gospel when appropriate as opportunities arise.
Support the project practically and in prayer. Respond to invitations to visit families in their homes.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
A qualification for working with children would be an advantage. A DBS (police) check is required for working with children. Skill in relating to adult women and children essential.
Our ref 1839
About United Kingdom
The capital of the United Kingdom is London and is the largest city with a population of 10.3m. London is the fourth-largest city in Europe. Other major urban areas in the UK include Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester.
The UK is a developed country and has the world’s fifth-largest economy by GDP. The total area of the UK is approximately 243,610 square kilometres. The country occupies the major part of the Bristish Isle archipelago. The UK has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round.
The UK has a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is the monarch and head of state of the UK, as well as Queen of 15 other independent Commonwealth countries. The UK has a parliamentary government based on the Westminster system that has been emulated around the world. The prime minister is the UK's head of government. The UK has sovereignty over 17 territories which do not form part of the UK itself (14 British Overseas Territories and three Crown dependencies).
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have devolved administrations based in their capitals, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, respectively. Each have their own government or executive, led by a First Minister.
The Times began in 1785 and is the world’s oldest newspaper. The BBC began in 1922 and is the UK’s publicly-funded broadcasting corporation – it is the world’s oldest broadcaster. In 2017, eight in 10 adults in the UK (79% or 40m adults) used TV catch-up technology such as BBC iPlayer (or streaming services such as Netflix). (Source: Ofcom).
Today is a ‘golden age of radio.’ For example, 48m adults listened to over 1bn hours of radio each week between Oct-Dec 2016 – a new record. (Source: Rajar, quoted by The Financial Times).
The English playwright and poet William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest dramatist of all time. A small selection of other notable writers include: Geoffrey Chaucer, John Bunyan, John Milton, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, George Eliot and William Wordsworth. 20th century English writers include HG Wells. Roald Dahl, D H Lawrence, George Orwell, Agatha Christie, J R R Tolkien, C S Lewis and J K Rowling.
Notable Scottish writer’s include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns, and more recently Ian Rankin and Iain Banks.
The UK is well known for its popular music. The Beatles are the biggest-selling and most influential band in the history of pop. Other notable British artists include: The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, The Who, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Police, Coldplay, Oasis, Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse and Adele.
Major British artists include John Constable, J M W Turner, L S Lowry. William Morris, Amish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley, Henry Moore, Damien Hirst and David Hockney.
Notable British directors include: Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott. Many British actors have achieved international fame and critical success.
England and Scotland were leading centres of the Scientific Revolution from the 17th century. The UK led the Industrial Revolution from the 18th century. Notable scientists include Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Francis Crick, James Clerk Maxwell, and Alexander Fleming and Stephen Hawking. Notable engineers include Richard Arkwright, Robert Stephenson, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Michael Faraday, Alexander Graham Bell, John Logie Baird and Alan Turing.
Major sports including football, tennis, rugby union, rugby league, golf, boxing, netball, rowing and cricket, originated or were substantially developed in the UK.
[Main source: Wikipedia].
Religious worldviews and unreached peoples in the UK
The population of the UK is around 65.4 million.
57% profess to be Christian and of those 7.91% are Evangelical. Other main religions and belief systems include: Islam - 4.1%, Hinduism - 2.8%, Pagan religions - 0.7%, Buddhism - 0.4%, Non-religious - 34.5%.
The UK contains around 105 distinct people groups, of whom 32 are currently unreached with the hope of the gospel.
[source Joshua Project]
Please pray with us for:
– integration and support for refugees and immigrants
– a national awakening
– local churches sharing the good news of Jesus
– youth and childrens' work
[Operation World, 2010 print edition]
You can also pray for the UK using the online resource: Operation World.
WEC in the UK
WEC's work in the UK has a long history of training and sending Christian workers all over the world. WEC UK is committed to:
• Partnering with churches all over the UK to mobilise our members into ministry;
• Working cross-culturally to bring immigrant communities into Christian community Neighbours Worldwide;
• Encouraging and stimulating prayer for world missions, accurately researching the whole mission scene through the Operation World team;
• Offering opportunities for short-term missions exposure;
• Ministering to drug and alcohol addicts through the work of Betel;
• Training and producing broadcast content;
• Working with churches to run World Adventure kids programmes and summer youth camps aiming to bring children to faith and to learn about their place in God’s world;
• Publishing strategic mission books and magazines;
• Hosting Mission & Me days to those wishing to explore God’s call to cross-cultural work.